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Imagine U

Imagine U productions are geared toward children and their families. Performances often include an opportunity for children to interact afterwards with the cast and receive colorful take-home programs filled with activities, art projects, fun facts and games! Past productions have included THE HUNDRED DRESSES, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Chicago premiere), A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, THE RELUCTANT DRAGON, and many more!

Imagine U Storytime 

Imagine U Storytime, a weekly video series presented by the Wirtz Center debuted April 19. The series serves to provide engaging content for families during this time of social distancing.

Imagine U Storytime videos can be accessed on the new Wirtz Center YouTube channel as part of the Wirtz Center’s ongoing effort to #sharethearts and connect audiences with high-quality arts experiences across its digital channels. The weekly video installments, each lasting 15 minutes, will premiere Sundays at 6 p.m., and will remain posted for streaming after their premiere date.

Imagine U Storytime programs confirmed to date include:

Sunday, May 10, 6 p.m. CDT
“Knuffle Bunny,” by Mo Willems, performed by Adam Brody (’22), Lucy Panush (’20) and Mia Nevarez (’20)

Sunday, May 17, 6 p.m. CDT
“At Home Adventure,” with Claire Glubiak (’18), Noah LaPook (’18), Sam Linda (’20), Caroline Spikner (’18), Alex Quinones (’18), Rosie Jo Neddy (’17) and Alex Quinones (’18).

Sunday, May 24, 6 p.m. CDT
“Isn’t This A Lovely Day?” performed by Northwestern theatre professor Billy Siegenfeld

Sunday, May 31, 6 p.m. CDT
“The Princess and the Mask,” performed by Northwestern associate theatre professor Jessica Thebus

Sunday, June 7, 6 p.m. CDT
“A Frozen Dance Lesson,” performed by Eugenie Morton (’20)

In the midst of the unknown, it is important to remember the power of the arts to connect us as a community. We are very excited to give this gift to our families in these challenging times. We don’t want to forget the children as creative artists. They are our most open and joyful audience.

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* Photo: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2014) Justin Barbin Photography